Saturday, October 11, 2008
Mr D's Bees Honey and Bee Spit
We spent most of the day today bottling our honey that will be going to Crafty Foxes Boutique next week. After many discussions on what to call our honey, we decided to use both names, "Mr D's Bees Honey" (Doug's vote) and "Bee Spit" (my vote). "Mr D's" got to be in the cute 8 oz bear jars for the general public. My "bee spit" (something my mom called honey and as you can guess never ate) was bottled in tiny 1.5 oz jars for those looking for a quick gift for those picky foodies. Really, how many people can say they have a jar of 100% organic bee spit in their pantry? If you are wondering what 100% organic means in the beekeeping world, there are times (especially commercial bee keepers) hives need medications for mites or other diseases that threaten the over all health of the bees. Urban bee keeper (people who keep bees as pets like us) usually don't have this type of problem, so our honey (hives) and all 50,000 bees are drug free. I made the labels which had to be on the manly side (even though 99% of the bees in a hive are female) since Doug was the one to harvest the honey and he didn't want it too girly. Update: Our bee mentor (yes, we have a bee advisor) said I need to use the word "natural" instead of "organic" because we have no idea where our bees have been. Sort of sounds like teenagers!?!